The story of the 761st Tank Battalion aka The Black Panthers needs to be told and retold.
B Company of the U.S. Army’s 761st Tank Battalion closed in on the French town of Morville-lès-Vic on the morning of November 9, 1944. It was supposed to be an easy ride for the “Black Panthers,” the first all-black segregated tank company. Instead, it turned into an inferno.
Company Commander Captain John D. Long said after the event that he expected to be killed, “but I swore to myself there would never be a headline saying my men and I chickened [out].” As they rolled on to meet the SS 11th and 13th Panzer Divisions, his men were not about to let him down.
Just two and a half miles (4 km) to the east was the town of Marsal, where the Germans had established an Artillery Officer Candidate School…
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